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Soil mineralizable nitrogen and soil nitrogen supply under two-year potato rotations

Sharifi, M., Zebarth, B.J., Porter, G.A., Burton, D.L., Grant, C.A. (2009). Soil mineralizable nitrogen and soil nitrogen supply under two-year potato rotations, 320(1-2), 267-279. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-009-9892-5

Abstract

Two-year potato rotations were evaluated for their effects on soil mineralizable N and soil N supply. Pre-plant soil samples (0-15 cm) collected from the potato year after seven rotation cycles were used to estimate soil mineralizable N using a 24 week aerobic incubation. Potentially mineralizable N (N 0 ) ranged from 102 to 149 kg N ha-1, and was greater after pea/white clover and oats/Italian ryegrass than after oats by an average of 35 and 22%, respectively. Labile, intermediate and stable mineralizable N pools were increased after pea/white clover compared with oats, whereas only the stable mineralizable N pool was increased after oats/Italian ryegrass. Potato plant N uptake with no fertilizer applied was greater in potato-pea/white clover compared with the three other rotations (126 vs. average of 67 kg N ha -1). Choice of rotation crop in potato production influences both the quantity and quality of soil mineralizable N. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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